Install Lubuntu 13.04 on VirtualBox

Lubuntu is another version of Ubuntu using a light weight desktop environment. The desktop screen is not as appealing as Ubuntu but it can run on less memory or older computer.

Setting up Virtual Machine
On VirtualBox select "New".

 Enter the name of virtual machine. Click "Continue".

Set your memory allocation for this vm. Click "Continue".

Select an existing virtual hard drive or create a new one. Click "Create".

If you are creating a new virtual hard drive, select the hard drive file type. Select the default. Click "Continue".

Select "Dynamically allocated" and click "Continue".

Name the virtual hard drive and select the virtual hard drive size. Click "Create".

It is advisable to change the display setting of the virtual machine you just created. Right click your virtual machine and select "Settings". Click "Display" tab and change the settings as follows:

Installing Ubuntu
Click "Start" to start the virtual machine.

You need to select the start-up disk. Select the ISO image of Lubuntu 13.04. The system will launch Lubuntu.

Press Enter.

Move the cursor down to "Install Lubuntu" and press Enter.

Select the default language and click "Continue".

Check to download updates while installing install Flash and other third party software. You can also check to install MP3 plugin. Click "Continue".

Select "Erase disk and install Lubuntu" and click "Install Now".

Select your time zone. Click "Continue".

Select the default keyboard and click "Continue".

Create the username and set a new password. Click "Continue".

The installation begins.

Once the installation is completed you need to restart the system. The login screen is shown as below.

*Please remember to run system update for patches.

Install VirtualBox Guest Additions

Open Terminal application.
sudo apt-get install dkms
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-guest-additions

Alternatively, you could install the guest additions from the ISO image from VirtualBox. This is necessary if you have installed the latest version of VirtualBox.

Run the Lubuntu virtual machine and logged in. Under "Devices" Select "Install Guest Additions..". You can proceed from here.

If you encountered problem running the installation from the CD, click "Cancel" while trying to install the guest additions from the CD.

Open a terminal. Navigate to the CD folder under /media/<username>/VBOXADDITIONS.....

Run the file from the terminal using the command

$sudo ./ 

After installing updates and guest additions, the system used up about 3.5GB of hard disk space which is 1GB less compared to Ubuntu or Linux Mint.



  1. Unbelievably helpful thanks so much.

  2. Very helpful post. Very clear and worked exactly as described

  3. Very helpful, thank you. I had a graphical error when trying to install and found this comment "Hit Right Ctrl+F1 (you will see the shell) and then Right Ctrl+F7. You are good to proceed with the installation." from askubuntu to resolve it.


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